McEachran on Villa’s radar

McLeish has confirmed that he is considering a number of options

for the January transfer window and it is thought that a new

midfielder is the priority. Having lost on-loan Tottenham man

Jermaine Jenas to injury, there is not so much competition for

places in the centre of the field. McEachran could be the answer to

Villa’s problems as McLeish understands Chelsea are now ready to

send him out on loan. The Blues had held on to the 18-year-old in

the summer but he has not been granted many opportunities to

impress in Andre Villas-Boas’ side. “There is no movement at the

moment,” McLeish told the Express & Star when asked about his

interest in McEachran. “We are thinking about trying to add to the

squad and it is probably not fair for me to talk about players at

other clubs while there is no business being done. “He (McEachran)

is one of their hottest prospects. I think they are thinking about

loaning him, yes. “At the start of the season they weren’t, but the

word is they are thinking about it. “But I don’t want to say yes

about anything because I am juggling a few balls.”